Baseball: TN Tech wins easily over Vanderbilt

Cookeville - Tennessee Tech scored nine times in the second inning and won easily over Vanderbilt 12-7 Wednesday, March 27, at Quillen Field. The Golden Eagles improved to 10-11 overall while the Commodores suffered their fourth straight loss and to fall to 13-8 overall.

Tennessee Tech took advantage of six walks by Vanderbilt pitchers in the second frame, including four by freshman right-hander Scott Shapiro (2-1). Ryan Hay evened the score at 1-1 for Tennessee Tech with a bases-loaded single to right field. Josh Mosser then forced in a run with a walk to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead. Two batters later Jesse Johnson pushed the lead to 3-1 with a walk that chased Shapiro from the game.

But TTU's big inning was highlighted by a bases-loaded three-RBI double to center field by Cole Helms to make the score 6-1. Jake Allen followed two batters later with a two-RBI triple to center field to make the score 8-1. Mike Meihls ended the Golden Eagles scoring with a single to center two batters later that scored Allen. In all, nine of the Golden Eagles' first 10 batters scored in the inning.  Allen led TTU with a 3-for-5 day with two RBI and two runs scored.  Johnson and Helms were both 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

Ben Shannon doubled in two runs in the seventh as part of a three-run Tennessee Tech inning.

Vanderbilt did enjoy an early 1-0 lead when Tony Mansolino hit his first collegiate home run in the top of the first inning to left field. Mansolino also doubled to left field to finish the day 2-for-5.

The Commodores did not chase TTU starter Dusty Eubanks (1-1) until the sixth inning. Eubanks pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out eight.

VU scored three times in the sixth when Chris Broadus hit a two-RBI single to center to score Cesar Nicolas and Sean Luellwitz. Broadus scored three batters later on a ground out by Scott Vanderhoff.

Luellwitz brought VU within 12-7 in the ninth when he hit a three-run home run to left-center field. It was his sixth home run on the year. Luellwitz also doubled to right center and singled up the middle of the infield to go 3-for-5 against TTU.

VU freshman right-hander Jeff Sues pitched a career-high 4.1 innings in relief, scattering three hits and striking out six.

The Commodores play host to Arkansas this weekend in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Friday's game will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday's contest will air on Fox Sports Southeast, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday's finale begins at 1 p.m., but will not be televised. All three games can be heard on Vanderbilt Athletics' official website Top Stories